finished chemo - yippee !

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   Posted 5/3/2007 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I had my last chemo on Tuesday and now have just the side effects to get through.  It's a great feeling to have finished it - back in January I couldn't imagine this day arriving. 
Have planning date for rads - 16 May and then treatment starts on 24th (18 rads).  Not looking forward to the daily travelling to rads - but it will be nice not to have anyone sticking needles in me for a few weeks.
I've got a tiny bit of bristly hair just starting to come through on top of my head although the sides and back are still bare.  Hope it comes back quickly but I've also got to start Herceptin and Tamoxifen soon and I understand that both of those can slow down hair growth.
Thank you all for your encouragement and advice on my way through this journey - you are all helping me so much.
Take care everyone

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   Posted 5/3/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Anthi,

That's great news! I'm so happy for you! I hope rads flies by for you!

Hang in there and do something good to celebrate!

Thinking of you,
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----Mary Dawson Hughes---

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   Posted 5/3/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

What wonderful news to have this part of your treatment behind you. I wish you luck during rads (they are a breeze) Congrats on the hair too!


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   Posted 5/3/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
WOO HOOEY! This is cause for celebration! What a great milestone and accomplishment! I remember when I did chemo, someone else in the group was finishing rads. I had such feelings of envy and felt so unable to visualize that far into the future (just 4 months' duration)....then it was on to Tamoxifen for 5 years, and now I have been off of that for 2 years....the anniversaries and milestones just keep piling on! One by one, you'll look back over time and be so amazed at how far you've come.



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   Posted 5/3/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you've come to the other side of that.  It's such a hard journey.  Please be good to yourself.  I took time off from work for rads, but not chemo.  It really helped me to do that.  You're a very strong lady.  Keep on keeping on!
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   Posted 5/3/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Yay!!!   Congratulations to you and best wishes with your recovery process.  Thanks for the smile today, once again, I'm just so glad that you folks keep sharing your journeys with us here.  It helps so much.  Now, time to go out dancing?? 
~ Peace, love and understanding ~

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   Posted 5/5/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Anthi

Yehaaaaaaaaaa , you go girl.  That is great news. I am so happy that you have finished the chemo.

I get the sense that you understand your treatment options well and you have done your research. Bless You.

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   Posted 5/5/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
CONGRATULATIONS!  That is wonderful news.  I remember very well what it was like to finally be finished with chemo.  Rads is a breeze, except for going to the facility every day.  I was so lucky with my rads team.  On my last rads day, I cried all the way home, because I was going to miss them and I guess all the emotions had just built up. 
Your hair will take time to grow.  The chemo really slows it down and it will be several months before it starts growing at the same rate as prior.  I don't think Tamoxifen affects hair growth.  I am so happy for you!
L & H,

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   Posted 5/5/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi and thank you all for your replies.

Take care everyone.

Best wishes


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   Posted 5/6/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Anthi- WAY TO GO!  Keep the great attitude and you'll thru rads.  I remember the most annoying thing was trying to find a parking spot every day. ;-)


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   Posted 5/7/2007 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Anthi, I am so happy for you!  I know it seems like a big chunk out of your life right now, but in the days ahead, you will see that it was worth it.  Hope rads go by quickly, and you're back to your old self in no time!
Love and hugs...

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   Posted 5/8/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Bev good to hear from you.

How are you and how is your hubby doing?

Take care

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   Posted 5/8/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Anthi... Hubby is doing very well. He looks better than he has in a long time, as a matter of fact. I've slipped another disc, this one in my cervical spine, so I was out of commission for a couple of weeks. Starting to feel human again, and going through physical therapy again! This is my sixth disc to go, the first to go in my cervical spine. The bright side is, there are only so many discs, so as long as I can keep plowing through, that's just what I'm gonna do!

Also got a cortisone injection in the right shoulder, so that pain has dissipated greatly.

You know you're getting old when all you can talk about is your aches and pains, though!

I'm so excited for you that you have finished the chemo! I didn't have rads, because I had the mastectomy, so I can't be much help there, but from what others tell me, just be prepared for fatigue. When you go for your planning, ask what they will do for rad burns, should you get them, and get a script for it before you begin. That way you have it on hand in case you need it. No sense being in pain for a weekend (and of course, it would happen on a weekend, you know!) when you don't need to.

Other than that...good luck, sweetie! Keep us informed on your progress.

Love and hugs...

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   Posted 5/13/2007 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Bev.  Good to hear from you and thanks for the advice about rads.
Sorry to hear you've got a problem with discs as well as your shoulder.  Hope you'll soon be feeling better. 
Take care of yourself.
Love Anthi
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